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Mary Helen (Behrensmeyer) Talken

Mary Helen (Behrensmeyer) Talken

Mary Helen (Behrensmeyer) Talken died on July 30, 2021 in her home at 4014 Prairie Ridge Road. She was born June 9, 1936 in Quincy, the daughter of Harvey and Hortense (Lahan) Behrensmeyer. On June 14, 1958, she married the love of her life, Lawrence H. (Larry) Talken, in Quincy. He survives.

Mary was a graduate of Notre Dame High School and was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church. Over the past decades she loved golfing at Westview Golf Course and at Spring Lake Country Club. She enjoyed many years with the Atlantis Round Table Study Club, Blessing Hospital Auxiliary , Cursillo movement, Birthright, Catholic Food Pantry and Meals on Wheels. She enjoyed music, garage sales, cooking, the computer and volunteering for St. Peter's School and Church.

She was best known for her creation of beautiful wedding cakes, thousands of Barbie and American Girl doll clothes as well as her four books, "A Walk Upon the Earth", "The Whispering Bluffs" (a poetic pictorial account of Quincy's history), "Of Clowns and Kings" and "The Miracle Makers: Stories of Miracles".

In her later years Mary taught PSR religion at St. Peter's Church to fourth graders and then for four years served as PSR Coordinator. Her most recent passion was making well over a thousand little teddy bears for sick children at Blessing Hospital. Above all, Mary loved her Lord, Jesus Christ and her family and siblings. She treasured being a wife, mother, grandma and great-grandma.

Survivors include her husband, Larry, a daughter, Denise Hufendick (Kent) of Ursa, a son, Dan Talken (Christine) of Lafayette, CA., and a daughter, Suzanne Martin (companion Mike) of Salt Lake City, Utah.
Grandchildren Sara Knuffman (D.J.) of Liberty, Rachel Schlipman (Jared) of Ursa, Nick Talken of Martinez, California, Anna Talken of San Luis Obispo, California, and Jenna and Molly Martin of Salt Lake City, Utah. Great-grandchildren Lauren, Drew and Beau Knuffman of Liberty and Emmett and Monroe Schlipman of Ursa.
Also surviving is a sister Rita Brod (Roger) of Quincy, a brother Tom Behrensmeyer (Jeanne) of Champaign and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Raymond and his wife Katie Behrensmeyer.

To celebrate Mary's wonderful life please wear bright colors if attending her services, and please wear a face mask as suggested by current Covid-19 guidance.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. in the Church of St. Peter
officiated by Monsignor Leo Enlow. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.
Visitation will be the Church of St. Peter Tuesday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday morning from 10:00-10:30 at the church prior to Mass. Floral tributes may be delivered to the Church on Tuesday between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Memorials are suggested to the Church of St. Peter located at
2600 Maine Street Quincy, IL 62301 or to Blessing Foundation for HOSPICE, online at blessinghealth.org
or by mail to The Blessing Foundation 4939 Oak Street PO Box 7005 Quincy, IL 62305

Service arrangements by Duker & Haugh Funeral Home 823 Broadway Quincy, IL 62301
Phone: 217-222-1011
www.dukerandhaugh.com

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From:
Blacketer Darlene
string:COATSBURG, IL
Comments:
Tom,
So very sorry for the loss of your sister. My sympathies to you, Jeanie and the rest of your family.
From:
Mary
Quincy, IL
Comments:
I took my first cake decorating class from Mary...40 years ago...and still doing cakes after all these years!!! She will forever be remembered as one of Quincys best! I'm so sorry for your loss
From:
William Talken
Blue Grass, IA
Comments:
Mary was a real sweetheart. She was so kind to me, baking a cake for my wedding though she'd already retired from baking for hire. And she showed me her interests. The tiny sets of clothes were fascinating for dolls and Beanie Babies. And she shared her faith, which was obviously strong. I know that she is resting now in her Saviour's arms. My condolences to Larry, and all those who will miss her here.
From:
Jay Grawe
Quincy, IL
Comments:
Larry - your earthly angel is now home with Jesus! On behalf of the Mary and Martha ministry at St. Peter’s, I offer you peace at this time.
From:
Jeff & Joanne (Powers) Bergman
Quincy, IL
Comments:
Dan & entire family our thoughts and prayers are with you all at the sad time. She was a fun lady and did our beautiful wedding cake even after she stopped baking them. RIP Jeff & Joanne (Powers) Bergman
From:
JAMES EDWARD MCGINN
Quincy, IL
Comments:
LARRY SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS PRAYERS FOR ALL OF YOUR FAMILY MAY SHE REST IN PEACE IN HEAVEN
From:
Jim and Robin Hummert
Quincy, IL
Comments:
Sincere condolences to the family.Great memories as a youngster with the family and many more for my parents.Great people.PEACE
From:
Charlotte Buckman
Comments:
Larry, I am so sorry that I just learned of Mary’s deaths a few minutes ago. I was shocked. Had no idea she was Ill. You sure have my sympathy. You were a great couple and I always enjoyed your company.